The OVC Plan

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Dec 04 2006 - 16:24:02 CST

I sent this out to our announcements list a little while ago (along with a
list of our target communities that we talking with).

One comment came back like so,

     To this list I would add "Political reform" NGO's, e.g.
     Common Cause, FairVote, Voting Rights groups, etc.
     Are they covered elsewhere in your list?

On Dec 4, 2006, at 12:42 PM, OVC Announce wrote:

> NON-GOVERNMENTAL GROUPS
> 10) Minority groups (for example, NAACP, LULAC)
> 11) Disabled rights advocates (for example, NFB)
> 12) Academic community (mostly computer scientists, but also
> lawyers, economists, political scientists, and administrators)
> 13) Engineers (especially open source community, SourceForge,
> OSDL.org
> 14) Associations (for example, CACEO, IACREOT, NASS, NASED)

I think most people on OVC-discuss already know most of this, and know this
plan is subject to adjustment. Feel free to comment.

Alan D.

THE OVC PLAN
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1. PLANNING, DEMONSTRATION

- Proposals, papers, presentations
- Voting equipment demo development and showings
- Organization development
- First individual memberships
- Engaging target communities [1]
- Legislation, lobbying
- Information distribution/discussion via Internet, email, phone,
   broadcast and print media, meetings, rallies, word-of-mouth

2. IDENTIFICATION, DISCLOSURE, INITIALIZATION

- First key organizational memberships
- OVC committees form and begin work
- Voting technology disclosure -- voluntary and/or mandatory
- First OVC Listed service marks for voting systems issued
- Begin Election Rules Database
- Production open source software development
- Begin non-proprietary hardware design
- Begin production use of disclosed and/or open source technology

3. TRANSITION

- Finished OVC specifications published
- First OVC Tested service marks issued -- testing limited to
  products meeting OVC specifications and disclosure requirements
- OVC becomes federally approved test lab
- Vendors begin implementing products designed by others
- True open source (free) software ready for wide use
- Many jurisdictions using OVC voting systems -- use spreading
  due to market forces
- Non-proprietary hardware designed and used

4. STEADY-STATE OPEN VOTING IN U.S.

- Non-proprietary hardware implemented throughout voting system
- True open source software (free) implemented throughout
- Voting system vendors compete on service, not on ownership of
   proprietary hardware or software
- Election Rules Database complete
- Largely uniform voting system throughout U.S.
- Open Voting technology easily adapted in other countries

[1] Here's a list of our 20 target communities, divided into 6 groups

ELECTION OFFICIALS
1) County Election chiefs, ROVs, assistant ROVs, etc.
2) State officials, especially Secretaries of State (some states have
different executives at state level, for example, Lt. Governor). Governors
too.

ELECTED OFFICIALS (some overlap with "Election Officials" since some of
those are elected)
3) County Supervisors
4) State Legislators
5) Federal Legislators

OTHER GOVERNMENTAL GROUPS
(whether official support is possible is one thing, but at least tacit
approval is needed. That is, we don't want their opposition).
6) NIST
7) Election Assistance Commission
8) GAO
9) State agencies involved in Information Technology

NON-GOVERNMENTAL GROUPS
10) Minority groups (for example, NAACP, LULAC)
11) Disabled rights advocates (for example, NFB)
12) Academic community (mostly computer scientists, but also lawyers,
economists, political scientists, and administrators)
13) Engineers (especially open source community, SourceForge, OSDL.org
14) Associations (for example, CACEO, IACREOT, NASS, NASED)

VENDORS
15) Major Vendors (for example, Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia)
16) Minor and prospective vendors

POLITICAL GROUPS
17) County Central Committees
18) Local Political Clubs
19) National Parties
20) PACs and national political groups (for example, DFA)

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